The Wiener Symphoniker to release Part 4 of their first Beethoven cycle
In February 2019, the penultimate part of the Wiener Symphoniker’s first recorded Beethoven cycle appeared with Symphonies No. 6 and 8. This CD is the continuation of the orchestra’s Road to Beethoven project, an undertaking in preparation of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Viennese by choice and patriarch of classical music in 2020.
Johannes Neubert, Intendant of the Wiener Symphoniker, added: “The fact that the whole cycle has been received so fantastically well until now can almost be called a unique success story in the long history of the Orchestra. I think Philippe Jordan and his musicians have succeeded in ‘re-discovering’ Beethoven in a fresh and exciting manner.”
Worldwide fame for its Viennese sound style
The Wiener Symphoniker wrote music history with the premieres of works by Bruckner, Ravel and Schönberg. Under the direction of such illustrious conductors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini or Georges Prêtre, it gained worldwide fame for its Viennese sound style. In light of this more than hundred-year magnificent history, it is all the more astonishing that the Orchestra has never so far recorded Beethoven’s nine symphonies, which are often described as the peak of the symphonic repertoire.
This gap in the Orchestra’s discography has been in the process of being closed since autumn 2017: The Orchestra is releasing all nine symphonies of the great Viennese by choice at half-yearly intervals on a total of five CDs. The whole cycle will then be available on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020. They were recorded live under the direction of Music Director Philippe Jordan in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein during an acclaimed cycle in spring/summer 2017. The CD appeared in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 15th February 2019, and in the rest of Europe and the USA at the end of February.